60% of VU students receive financial assistance to pay for college -- including more than $1 million in scholarships and grants. Vincennes University will help you make applying for scholarships simple.
Dollars for Scholars
If you have been awarded a Dollars for Scholars Scholarship from your high school, Vincennes University will automatically match up to $250 for the year! There are no additional forms to complete. We will award the additional $250 from VU once we receive your DFS scholarship check.
Vincennes University Foundation Scholarships
Submit just one scholarship application and we will take care of finding scholarships you are eligible for within the Vincennes University listings. Those who file by January 15 each year are considered first, but we award scholarships on a rolling basis.
For first time students, you will answer a handful of questions within your application for admission for scholarship consideration.
No additional application/form is needed if you are a new student.
For current students only, please use the following application link to apply for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact your admissions counselor for more assistance.
Current Students Apply for Scholarships Online
Vincennes University Academic Scholarships
Vincennes University offers 4 academic scholarships: Academic Honors, Blue and Gold, Presidential, and Valedictorian/Salutatorian. Students must complete the VU Foundation Scholarship Application, file their FAFSA, and meet the academic criteria.
If you have received the Academic Honors, Blue and Gold, Presidential, or Val/Sal scholarship, login to your MyVU account and follow the directions below:
Under My Access, click Financial Aid Status;
then Student Requirements;
select the Aid Year and Submit;
click Academic Scholarship Agreement;
follow the directions to submit your acknowledgement and accept the award.
The award is contingent upon your enrollment at Vincennes University and meeting all the specific scholarship criteria. Click here for more information on the scholarship criteria.
Be sure to check your local sources of scholarships. Many companies have scholarship programs for employees or children of employees. Fraternal organizations in your town might also have scholarship programs.
Senior Scholars Program
Indiana Senior Citizen Tuition Program
To be eligible to participate in the Senior Scholars Remission of Tuition Program through Vincennes University, a student must meet all of the following qualifications:
- Be an Indiana resident
- Be a senior citizen (sixty (60) years of age or older)
- Be retired
- Not employed on a full-time basis
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Be enrolled in a credit course to earn a grade
Senior Citizen refers to an Indiana resident at least 60 years of age at the time of enrollment.
Retirement means those persons who were employed on a full-time basis and are no longer employed, or those persons who were not employed outside the home (homemakers) but have reached the age of 60.
This scholarship does not cover the following: books, class or laboratory fees, flight fees, parking permits, and student activity fees. Expenses other than tuition are the responsibility of the student.
For more information and registration questions, contact the Student Success Center at 812.888.4451 or send an email to SSC@vinu.edu.
Helpful Website Resources
Indiana Community Foundations
Local communities have scholarships available to local residents. Indiana students can check out this list of Indiana Community Foundation scholarships.
These sites are safe and FREE. Provide your profile to be provided with a database of scholarships. We suggest you create a separate email when using these scholarship search resources:
Navigating the Process
A frequent misconception about scholarships is that they are only available to the highest ranking academically. The average and above average student often don’t apply because they don’t think they will qualify. While academic ranking and grades are important, that is only one part of your student’s credentials.
Most students and parents are not fully informed about scholarship opportunities available to them. There are many sources for scholarships. Some examples are:
- All universities that the student is considering attending
- County Community Foundations
- Veteran’s Organizations
- Associations related to field of study
Scholarships generally have a variety of criteria that have to be met by the recipient. Criteria is what the donor (may be a person, group, company or organization) determines are important points regarding the student(s) they want to assist. Universities and organizations are interested in finding the applicant(s) who best fit the criteria for a scholarship award.
Common university and organization scholarship criteria may include any or a combination of:
- Resident area (state, city, county, portion of county, school corporation)
- Grade point average (GPA) (may be as much as a 3.5 or a minimum of 2.0 that must be maintained at all times)
- Class Ranking
- Student status – Full time or Part time (typical full time is 12 credit hours or more, part time is 6-11 credit hours)
- Major of study
- Family affiliation with or membership in an organization
- Leadership qualities
- Talent in an area related to major
- Financial need
- Newspapers: clip information on scholarships distributed within the community that your student meets the qualifications for.
- Online: university websites (ex: vinu.edu) many websites have information about the scholarships they offer.
- Online: FREE websites: scholarships.com, fastweb.com, getreadyforcollege.org and many others offer tips and resources for scholarship searches.
- School guidance office/Senior Counselor(s): one of the best resources for local scholarships.
- Pay attention to deadlines and application requirements.
To successfully qualify for scholarships, students need to begin working right away on “setting themselves apart” from the other applicants.
- Improve grades and study habits.
- Track extra-curricular activities (community, school, church, athletics, job) Consider leadership positions if the student is able to do so without adversely affecting grades. Make note of awards received, offices held, responsibilities, etc.
- Request letters of recommendation from those who are directly related to the activities.
- Start building the student’s “resume”.
- Take the SAT or ACT more than once if needed, to improve scores.
Financial Aid Office